#AfriTravel: More flights between Zurich and Cape Town with Edelweiss Air

2018-04-16 09:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Improving air access between Zurich and Cape Town, Edelweiss Air will include an additional weekly flight between the cities from October this year.

This will increase the number of direct seasonal flights from three to four a week between Zurich and SA's Mother City.

Cape Town Air Access initiative welcomes flight increase, with Wesgro CEO Tim Harris saying the additional flight "reflects positively on the popularity of Cape Town and the Western Cape for European travellers".

"Following the additional flight added in 2017, the Airline is now going to expand again in 2018. This shows that there is confidence in our destination," he adds.

SEE: Cape Town Air Access celebrates 13 new routes and 14 expansions since 2015

According to Wesgro, a 7% growth in passengers between Switzerland and Cape Town, both ways, has been recorded between January and March 2018 compared to that of 2017.

"Making it easier for more people to visit the Cape by air, provides a big boost towards growing tourism and encouraging investment - which ultimately boosts our economy and more importantly, facilitates job creation," says Harris about the importance of direct air access to the city.

Cape Town Air Access has helped land 13 direct routes and 15 route expansions, while estimated to have added R4.2 billion to the provincial economy in direct tourism spending. Welcoming unique and innovative airlines such as Joon are also adding to the Mother City's aviation offering while expanding air access.

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The Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille says the announcement of the additional Edelweiss Air route “demonstrates the great appetite amongst European travellers to visit Cape Town."

"What excites me most about enhancing air access and growing the number of direct flights between Cape Town and other cities is that apart from the great tourism travel benefits, these direct flights also makes it easy for businesses and investors to connect to our region. By improving air connectivity, we are making it easier to do business in Cape Town in line with our goals to grow the economy and create more jobs,” she adds.

Minister Alan Winde says that the additional flight "is a reflection of the positive sentiment of the airline towards the city and our province.”